Monday, January 18, 2010

Olympic Rings

Remember, I told you I'd explain why I am fascinated with the Olympics?
First, let me share with you the symbolic meaning of the rings.

"The five rings represent the continents of the Americas (North and South), Australia, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The rings are interlaced to show the coming together or meeting of the continents at the Olympics. The emblem chosen to illustrate and represent the world Congress of 1914, five intertwined rings in different colours - blue, yellow, black, green, red - are placed on the white field of the paper. These five rings represent the five parts of the world which now are won over to Olympism and willing to accept healthy competition."
They were first introduced at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Belgium.

Various designs and creations of the Olympic rings.
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It was way back in elementary days,
when I always won the overall award for Sports Day!
I had no idea why I was winning.
There was no such thing as practicing.
I just went out and gave it my best shot.
As I grew older, gaining the edge on competition, became my priority.
Competing for me, meant striving to thrive amongst my five brothers.
They brought the best out of me as I skillfully worked my way
through playing football, basketball, and baseball.
They were my team and they were my competitors.

I always loved to sport my royal blue Adidas track jacket,
with the bright blue stripes..(1979)
Do any of you remember those colors?
I wish I would of kept it.

About 10 years later, I met this gal camping up at Manning Park.
She fascinated me, no, I mean her shirt fascinated me...
Her shirt had the Olympic Rings!
To make a long story short,
I inherited her shirt as a thankful gesture for our hospitality.
I was so proud to wear an Olympic Shirt.
Why didn't I keep it?

Few years back, when Whistler was chosen to host the Olympic Games,
I was on a roll. I would become a spectator.

I entered the lottery two times and to my despair,
my name was not chosen.
I whined and lamented....

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During our travels in Europe I had the privilege of visiting the
Olympic Stadium at Athens which hosted the Summer Olympics in 2004.

Here we are at the Panathinion Stadium. It was constructed in 1896 for the first modern Olympiad, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Once again, Athens hosted the Summer Olympics of year 2004. It is the only major stadium in the world built fully of white marble.
( Double click and you will see the large Olympic logo in the back.)

Then we were whisked off to Barcelona where we made, yet,
another tour around the Barcelona Olympic Stadium (1992)



Then, off to Rome.
I could not resist, departing from my group,
leaving them in the dust,
as I sprinted one lap around the Roman Coliseum. (80AD)
Some things you just need to do and Experience!!
This truly gave me a heightened experience to my Olympic spirit.

Have you caught the Olympic Spirit?

Come back next Monday and I'll share with you the rivalry over Olympic tickets.

8 comments:

  1. Marg, I'm picturing you running around the Roman Coliseum! What an experience. Were there many people there? So are you going to our Olympics at all? Dairymary

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  2. What fun to read about your enthusiasm with the Olympics. How cool that you visited all those spots and ran that route...I would have walked it really fast :0)
    Enjoy...I'm glad you get to experience it up close and personal right in your own area...

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  3. I'm glad to learn what the five rings symbolize. I think I've heard it but had forgotten. Now I won't... your enthusiasm is quite contageous.

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  4. yahoo. Yes, you should have kept the jacket. It is or I mean was a keeper.

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  5. Speaking of rings...studies have shown that highly competitive women prefer marquise diamonds in their engagement rings. Just wondering...is that what you have, or would have if given the chance to chose again?

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  6. I'm getting excited Marg. .well done. .you are going to have us all on the edge of our seats.

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  7. Weirdly enough, being as sporty as I am, I had no idea about the rings! Thanks for the lesson. I'm thinking I really need to learn a bit more, considering they are soon coming to our neck of the woods.

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  8. Fabulous photos Marg!

    I enjoyed learning some Olympic history and seeing the prior coliseums. I've been to the one in Rome but did not jog around it as you did...now I wish I did! Next time.

    My son was born in 1979 so that brought back memories. He loves Adidas brand to this day .. I just bought an Adidas warm up suit for my grandson as a surprise.

    I hope you were able to get some Olympic tickets!

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